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Circular on Pilot Tax Policies for Venture Capital Firms and Individual Angel Investors

In order to promote the sustainable and healthy development of venture capital investment, the Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation have jointly promulgated the Circular on Pilot Tax Policies for...more

Did A Non-Existent Committee Move To Update Corporations Code?

by Allen Matkins on

In April, I kvetched about numerous outdated references in the California Corporations Code. For example, several provisions of the Code continue to refer to the “Internal Revenue Code of 1954” more than three decades after...more

Traps for the Unwary: Are Financial Institution receiving adequate FATCA consulting and training?

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

FATCA is Chapter 4 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). It conscripts Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) to act as reporting and withholding agents for the U.S. Government. To enforce its conscription, it contains a...more

Using Your Payroll Provider As Your 401(k) TPA Is A Big Mistake

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Like beating a dead horse, I will again say that it is a bad idea for plan sponsors to hire their payroll provider as their 401(k) third party administrator (TPA)....more

Conservation Easement Opportunities: Protecting Natural Resources While Receiving Tax Savings

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Conservation easements may be a great example of "doing well by doing good." They help conserve fish and wildlife, clean water, natural habitats, historic properties, farmland, and timberland. They also provide other public...more

The Netherlands proposes changes to dividend withholding tax

by DLA Piper on

The Dutch government has released an attractive proposal to fully exempt withholding tax on dividends paid to non-resident shareholders in treaty countries provided certain conditions are met. Many multinational enterprises...more

ESOP Trends in the Marketplace

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Over the years, employee stock ownership plans (ESOP) have evolved in many ways. Currently, ESOP transactions began to resemble traditional M&A transactions including financial structures, warrants and market rate sub-debt....more

IRS Issues New Rules for Management Contracts involving Tax-Exempt Financed Facilities

by Miller Canfield on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2017-13 (Rev. Proc. 2017-13) on Jan. 17, 2017. The procedure provides more flexible, modern rules for structuring management contracts involving tax-exempt financed...more

FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Senate Ways and Means Budget

On May 16, 2017, the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.791 billion FY2018 budget. The budget, which increases spending by 3.3% over FY2017 levels, spends $280 million more than Governor Charlie...more

Illinois Bills to Watch

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Just days away from the May 31 close of its regular legislative session, the Illinois General Assembly has yet to enact the comprehensive series of tax and budget reforms that were first proposed by the Illinois Senate...more

Outline for Discussion of New Issue Price Rules

New tax rules relating to establishing the issue price of publicly offered tax-exempt bonds become effective soon. This outline describes the new issue price rules, provides a high-level strategic analysis to help guide a...more

Philadelphia Earned Income Tax Credit Bill Signed

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has signed a bill expanding employers' notice requirements to employees concerning the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)....more

2017 Tax Update

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The current 2017 federal exemption against estate and gift taxes is $5,490,000 per person. This includes a $40,000 increase over the 2016 federal exemption based on an inflation adjustment. Such exemption may be used during...more

Estate Tax Changes Past, Present and Future

by McGuireWoods LLP on

I. INTRODUCTION - This outline is a selective and evolving review of the history of the modern federal estate tax. It originated during the attempts to repeal the estate tax in President Clinton’s second term and...more

Transfer pricing compliance in Russia. Part 3. Stages of transfer pricing compliance

by Dentons on

Dentons’ Tax and Customs practice congratulates its clients and friends on the end of the first stage of transfer pricing compliance for 2016 – the filing of the notification of controlled transactions completed in 2016!...more

Filing Your Own Return

by Moskowitz LLP on

In our last post, we reviewed the main advantages and disadvantages of joint tax returns for married couples. This post will focus on when a married couple should consider filing separately, and special considerations if they...more

FRANCHISOR 101: State Taxes on Franchise Fees

by Lewitt Hackman on

Franchisors collect weekly or monthly "franchise fees." In many cases, fees are for particular services, such as marketing assistance or IT support. In franchising, the parties may be in any number of different states: for...more

Podcast - Shrink the Section 457A Tax on Hedge Fund Management and Incentive Fees and Expand Your Impact

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In a recently released Ropes & Gray podcast, asset management partner Isabel Dische, tax partner Brett Robbins, and private client partner Cameron Casey discuss the effect of Section 457A on pre-2009 management and incentive...more

Families Can Use a Tax-Advantaged ABLE Account to Save for Disability Expenses

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Governor Charlie Baker recently announced the launch of a state sponsored Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) account program that has been long awaited by disabled individuals and their families. This program serves as...more

Senate Bill Proposes Major Market-Based Remodel of Cap-and-Trade Program

by Stoel Rives LLP on

California’s cap-and-trade program withstood a battle in court, and now the Legislature is proposing changes to the controversial program. Senator Bob Wieckowski (Democrat – District 10), Chair of the Environmental Quality...more

Tennessee Adopts “IMPROVE Act” a/k/a “2017 Tax Cut Act”—Takeaways for Tennessee Taxpayers

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam recently signed into law the “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy (IMPROVE) Act” or the “2017 Tax Cut Act” (the “Improve Act”). ...more

The Duty of Impartiality and Other Trustee Troubles

by Moskowitz LLP on

Trustees are accountable to both the current income beneficiaries and the remaindermen of a trust, and are often placed in the unenviable position of have to balance the interests of the two. A beneficiary may look forward to...more

IRS Provides Guidance to Employers Using Payroll Service Providers

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

These days, the majority of mid-to-large employers use payroll service providers for ease of payroll recordkeeping and administration. These third party providers help ease the burden of calculating taxes and withholding,...more

The Joint Tax Return

by Moskowitz LLP on

IRS data indicates that over 95% of married couples file jointly – and for most, but not all, couples this makes good economic sense. In this two-part series, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of filing joint...more

Key Duty and Tax Changes for Victorian Property Purchasers: Bill Released

by K&L Gates LLP on

Following our alert on 24 March 2017, the State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2017 (Vic) (Bill) has now been released and is currently before the Victorian Parliament. K&L Gates has been following the proposed changes to...more

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